As preparation for the upcoming release of my book, Living Peacefully in a Big City: A Guide to Maintaining Your Sanity, Health and Happiness, I am here to help you deal with the daily stressors of living in a big city. Even if you don’t live in a big city. Stress is stress wherever you go.
So today I had a pretty stress-free day. I just had a morning consisting of activity that I advise everyone else to make an effort to limit: too much techno-connection. I was on the computer and cell phone all morning doing business. But I did get out to run errands all afternoon and it was a beautiful day! I dragged my 81-year-old mom with me to get her out of the house too. I had wonderful interactions with everyone everywhere I went. Ann at Massage Central to stock up on supplies. Len and Smiley, the greeters at our local Ralph’s supermarket. And the drivers were pretty pleasant on the 405 and all the side streets today!
Oh believe me, there will be days when I am frustrated beyond belief with how badly people behave and I have not yet mastered the art of dealing with them without thinking “People are so stupid!!” or rude, or whatever emotion some random stranger has evoked in me. I just have to breathe and come back to the happy, peaceful place and focus on the people and things that bring me joy, because that's what I'm trying to help you do.
And now, I must retreat for some chocolate as monthly cramps have gotten the best of me…I know, TMI…sorry…
Off for a pleasant evening now - wishing you the same!